Will You Follow Your Passion or Maintain Status Quo?

Today we’re going to talk about passion, sacrifice, and the real choice we all need to make in life.

This is something I had to come to grips with when I began building my Facebook advertising agency. Right now, maybe you’re trying to decide if you should stay at your job — hang onto that steady income, the insurance and the 401K… Or should you follow your passion?

Maybe you’re in your twenties and just starting your career. Maybe you’re in your thirties, and you’re tired of the rat race. Maybe you’re in your forties, fifties, or sixties and wonder if it’s too late to start over. Maybe you feel stuck in a rut and you’re looking for the way out.

In any case, you need to understand that the tug of war going on inside you isn’t about having a job or following your bliss. The real struggle is between having a steady income, consistent hours, the ability to leave work at work and have weekends off versus doing what you love, feeling fulfilled and being free to do what you want to do. This is the real choice and if you’re not willing to sacrifice certain things, then you’ll never get from point A to point B.

For example, maybe you want to make more money, but are you willing to put in the extra hours? On evenings or weekends when your friends or family are all going out to a party, or a big event, are you willing to step up and say, “Nah, I’m good. I’m gonna work tonight.”

When you get home after work, instead of turning on Netflix and watching that ten hour season of Breaking Bad or Keeping Up With The Kardashians, are you willing to spend that time learning a skill set that’s going to help you advance toward your dreams?

How about this one? Are you willing to miss out on your best friend’s birthday? Now, if he’s truly your best friend, he’ll understand the sacrifices you’re making to get where you want to go.

But at the end of the day, are you really willing to do what it takes to follow your dreams? Be honest with yourself. If the answer is ‘no’, that’s OK. That’s your choice. Just understand that you’ll need to alter your expectations and goals, because maintaining status quo will not get you where you want to go.

So, listen, the key to entrepreneurship is to live life like other people won’t, so that later you can live life like other people can’t. For example, I can only attest to my personal journey, but when I talk to other entrepreneurs, they have a similar story. Are you willing to escape the comfy job, the luxury apartment, a roof over your head, and even move back in with your mama?

Are you willing to take an internship that you don’t get paid for to hopefully get promoted at that big job you really want later?

If you’re not willing to do the grunt work that nobody else wants to do, then you’re probably not gonna get where you want to go.

Let’s take doctors for example: People see the titles, the money and the respect that doctors get. But what they’re forget is the twelve years of school, the three years residency, these doctors busting their chops in positions that are long on hours and short on sleep. People see the $300K paycheck at the end, they don’t see the many years of sacrifice to get there.

It’s very similar for entrepreneurs. There are lots of accolades when we reach our goals, but very little recognition for the years of struggle and sacrifice to get there. So you need to be confident and happy enough with yourself for making the choices you made — to the point where you don’t need praise from somebody else to feel okay about making that sacrifice.

You don’t need their OK. And guess what? You’re not gonna get it.

When you’re on this journey, chasing your passion, a lot of people will look down on you. They might think you’re being irresponsible for not having a “real” job, or maybe they’re really jealous that you’re doing what they’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to.

Doesn’t matter. You know the truth.

I truly believe in business. I truly believe you can have a great business, whether you’re in Facebook advertising, like us, or you’re in another field. Business is the one sport in which you can only fail if you quit, and typically when you quit, it’s because you’re not willing to sacrifice what it takes to win.

Remember that. Then Shut Up and Make It Happen!

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-The Billy Gene Is Marketing Squad